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Michigan State moves on with 61-59 win over top-seeded Virginia

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    Michigan State's Adreian Payne passes the ball around Virginia's Anthony Gill during the second half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

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    Michigan State's Gary Harris dunks during the first half of a regional semifinal against Virginia at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Associated Press

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    Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, right, is fouled by Michigan State guard Gary Harris during second half in a regional semifinal at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

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    Michigan State's Branden Dawson, left, reacts after scoring, next to Virginia's Akil Mitchell, center, and Anthony Gill during the second half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (29-8) will play Connecticut (29-8) on Sunday with a Final Four berth at stake. The seventh-seeded Huskies beat third-seeded Iowa State 81-76 on Friday.

Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers (30-7) to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1985 — all under coach Tom Izzo.

Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogden both had 17 points for Virginia, which became the second No. 1 seed to be eliminated, joining Wichita State.

These were the first NCAA tournament games played at Madison Square Garden since 1961.